Is the Internet dying?

Do you remember the good old days? The days when the internet was awesome? Un-censored, free, and enticing…

Now, we have this…

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If I want to read articles online, not only do I have to use pop-up blockers, ad-blockers, and reload java & flash applets, I also need to subscribe and pay!? The funny part about the above snippet is that it links to an article about how the web is dying, and blames “apps”…But you need to pay The Wall Street Journal $$ first before you can find out how your evil phone is killing the web…

Content is filtered, censored, and only available in certain locations. Not to mention how personalized the internet is becoming. Google & Facebook only show you what they think they want you to see. And in most cases, they know you REALLY well! During Christmas, my wife was leery about loading up her Facebook News Feed, as EVERY SINGLE TIME it fed her an ad for something she was shopping for on another site! Surprise kids, you are getting a hockey net. Facebook is shitty at keeping secrets…

You start to get paranoid. Did I search for those shoes on a site, on did I see them at a store, and Facebook knew I was at that store? In the same colour none the less?

I think it is fair to say that the glory days of the Internet are coming to an end. Retailers, Search Engines, Copyright holders; they are all looking to sell, sell, sell.

The internet started out communist (for the benefit of all), and has been taken

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over by capitalism (for the benefit of a few).

Maybe the internet isn’t dying, it’s just getting creepy…

Time to create a fake name, and switch search engines?

 

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Was Marx Right? Some Capitalists are re-visiting his ideas

Karl Marx (1818 – 1883)
Image via Wikipedia

Today I was talking to my sister-in-law and brother-in-law about objective journalism and keeping an open mind to ideas. One of the people that came up in the conversation was Leon Trotsky. I don’t know how the topic jumped from Al-jazeera to him, but somehow it did…

During my university years I attended the left-leaning school Simon Fraser University, and was exposed to many different theories on politics, and became quite active in student politics on the campus. Though I never studied the works of Leon Trotsky and Karl Marx in depth, I read a few of their shorter readings about Capitalism and Communism.

We can all see today that Communism in it’s form of the time failed miserably, and that our current Capitalism is showing major signs of failure too.

When I saw the following article written by someone at the Harvard Business Review asking whether Karl Marx was right in his predictions of the failures of Capitalism, I was interested too!

I hate to see people suffer. I hate to see people suffer for the sake of profits and greed. I have no answers on how to fix the world’s financial woes, but reading lively debates and seeing smarter people than me looking around for answers gives me some piece of mind.

In case you’ve been on Mars (or even just on vacation), here’s a surprising idea that’s been making the rounds lately: there might have been something to Marx’s critiques of capitalism after all.

Now, before you leap into the intertubes, seize me by the arm, perform a citizens’ arrest, and frog-march me into the nearest FBI office, exclaiming “See this suspicious looking brown guy? He’s a card-carrying communist!!” please note: I’m, well, not. I’m a staunch believer in capitalism

via Was Marx Right? – Umair Haque – Harvard Business Review.

Cuban Sanctions Finally Being Eased by the USA

After many generations, there looks to be some negotiations between Cuba and the USA. che-guevara1232976553Though a full lifting of sanctions would be the end goal, at least Obama and Raul Castro have signalled a desire to talk. Here is a small blurb from the BBC article.

President Obama has indicated he would be open to dialogue with Cuba’s leaders.

But he has said that, like previous American presidents, he will only consider a full lifting of the embargo once Cuba’s communist government makes significant moves such as the holding of democratic elections.

Cuba’s President Raul Castro has said he is prepared to negotiate with the new US administration, providing there are no preconditions.
(Source)

Maybe I am getting my hopes up…

As long as the USA means by democratic elections, not sending in heavily funded US based Capitalist candidates that would import the greedy global corporate machine. Damn, that is what they mean…There is no hope. 😉

Leon Trotsky led a life of battling Capitalism and Stalinism

I hear quite a lot, “Communism is a great idea in theory, but it doesn’t work”. Most of the opinions are based on the Stalin regime, and the failed bureaucracy in the old CCCP.

But true communism hasn’t been seen yet. Trotsky felt that a multi-party socialist system trockiy2would work. Read more about Trotsky over at the official site!

The purpose of this web site is to provide an overall view of the ideas and struggles of Leon Trotsky. Trotsky played a leading role, together with Lenin, during the 1917 Russian Revolution. It was Trotsky who organised the Red Army as well as the fightback against all the forces of reaction that were attempting to strangle the revolution in blood.The Revolution Betrayed – a Marxist masterpiece – a review by Alan Woods

After the Civil War and the death of Lenin, unfortunately the Soviet Union remained isolated. One revolution after another (Germany 1918, Hungary 1919, Italy 1920 and so on…) was defeated. The economy the Bolsheviks had inherited from Tsarism was extremely underdeveloped. And in isolation from the rest of the world, this meant that the material conditions for a rapid advance towards socialism did not exist…more? Click the link…

From Trotsky.net

For another story of his life, and coming from a third party, here is the wikipedia link.